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CU women's hoops announces 2012-13 schedule
Sep 29, 2012 12:00 am
Cumberland women’s basketball announced its 2012-13 schedule on Thursday, highlighted by 15 home games, including the 9th Annual Rosa Stokes Classic, and 10 contests against teams who played in last year’s NAIA Championships.
The Lady Bulldogs open the season with three straight home games, starting Oct. 28 at home against Lindenwood University-Belleville along with Spring Hill College (Nov. 3) and Hiwassee College (Nov. 5). Cumberland will begin Mid-South Conference action Nov. 15 at the University of Rio Grande and take on Shawnee State on the same road trip. CU will also play at the University of the Cumberlands (Nov. 20) before hosting Bluefield on Nov. 29 to open the home conference slate.
The club will take on Spelman College and Berea College on Dec. 14-15 in the Rosa Stokes Classic, with Martin Methodist rounding out the field for the tournament. CU will also play in the Union College Classic on December 28-29, taking on Tennessee Wesleyan and Union College. The Bulldogs return to MSC play starting Jan. 3 at home against St. Catharine College and hosts Georgetown College on Jan. 5.
Cumberland will play home-and-home with the other 10 members of the Mid-South, totaling 20 conference games. The Bulldogs host the University of Pikeville (Jan. 24), UVA-Wise (Jan. 26), Campbellsville University (Feb. 7), Lindsey Wilson (Feb. 9), Shawnee State (Feb. 14), Rio Grande (Feb. 16) and the Cumberlands (Feb. 25). CU’s only nonconference games in 2013 is Feb. 19 at Hiwassee College.
Fourth-year head coach Jeremy Lewis returns eight letterwinners and three starters from last year’s 15-14 club, including seniors Simone Ryan, Samantha Harper and Yalonda Davis (who returns after redshirting last season). Sophomore Tasia Blue and junior Casie Cowan started a combined 33 contests in the backcourt, while sophomore Katie Smith and senior Madison Pavan both averaged double-figure minutes for the club as well.
The Bulldogs have added eight newcomers, including two Division I transfers – Josette Campbell and Briannica Tye, both from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh – along with junior college All-American TaCouya Allen and former Trevecca Nazarene and Lebanon native London Elie. Four freshmen also dot the roster, including local standouts Calamity Jane Coley (Macon County), Andrea Morrisett (Friendship Christian) and Hailey Speck (Watertown) and Paducah, Ky., native Ngodoo Itiavkase.